Whether you’re building a new home or renovating, it is important to choose the right window treatments. Adding drapes, blinds or shutters can transform a room and make it feel welcoming and elegant. However, deciding what is best for your home can be difficult with so many options on the market. A local curtain and window furnishings specialist can provide expert advice and help you create the look you want.

Shutter blinds Newcastle are a popular choice in homes because they can be custom-made to flawlessly fit any windowsill or door frame. They are also versatile, contemporary and cost-effective. Their slats (also known as louvers) can be tilted to allow in the desired amount of sunlight, and they also help to improve your home’s insulation.

They can be made from a range of materials including timber, cellular PVC, aluminium, teak, and basswood. Some manufacturers also offer a painted or stained finish. Basswood and teak are often imported from China and may be susceptible to warping and splitting, while cellular PVC is a durable option that is available in various colours and finishes. Some brands use an internal aluminium frame for added stability, which increases durability. They are available in fixed, hinged or sliding panels.

Other types of window coverings include roller blinds, roman blinds, sheer and blockout curtains, panel gliders and awnings. They are available in a wide variety of fabrics, patterns and colours, and can complement any décor style. If you’re after something that will save energy costs, consider duo roller blinds. They combine both a translucent and a block-out blind in one, and they’re ideal for bedrooms by busy roads or street-facing windows.

Awnings are an excellent option for outdoor entertaining areas as they allow you to control the amount of sun, wind and rain that enters your home. They can also be fitted with insect screens and are available in a range of colours. If you’re a new home owner, ask your builder to add funds for the installation of awnings or external blinds into your building contract. This will ensure that you have the perfect finishing touch on your new house when it’s finished.